The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed a contract award to Babcock for the design and build of the Royal Navy’s new Type 31 general-purpose frigate.
Signed on 15 November, the deal covers the delivery of five ships at an average production cost of GBP250 million (nearly USD323 million) each. The frigates will be assembled at Babcock's Rosyth facility and involve supply chains throughout the UK in line with the UK's National Shipbuilding Strategy, the company said in a regulatory announcement to the London stock exchange.
Babcock-led Team 31 – also including Thales, OMT and BMT – was confirmed as preferred supplier for the Type 31 programme in September. The team had proposed the Arrowhead 140 design, which is based on the Iver Huitfeldt-class platform already in service with the Royal Danish Navy.
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